SUMMER COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES: Beginning June 1, Merit will be instituting new COVID protocols, including moving to masks recommended for all visitors. Current COVID protocols remains in effect through May 31, with the exception of a few special events. READ MORE »

Facility Rentals

Event, Meeting & Performance Spaces at Merit School of Music

Our versatile West Loop building offers a wide range of space rental options to accommodate performances, rehearsals, receptions, lectures, meetings and other events, as well as small rooms designed for musical rehearsal for small groups or practice for individuals.

Gottlieb Hall provides a stunning setting for all musical & stage performances, lectures, podcast tapings, recordings, auditions – any event where stellar acoustics are important to the success of your event.

Foreman Hall and Polk Bros. Hall are ideal for smaller events (90 – 130), and deliver high sound quality for recitals, rehearsals, lectures, meetings and other events. Smaller meeting rooms and rehearsal and practice space are available to accommodate groups of 1 – 30.

All events held at Merit enjoy the benefit of visibility and signage in the front lobby and the support of Merit, ensuring a welcoming and helpful environment for your guests. Merit is a short distance from downtown suburban commuter stations and CTA trains and buses, making it a convenient destination for anyone in the Chicago metro area.


COVID-19 Safety at Merit

We are incredibly excited to welcome our vibrant, musical learning community back to Merit’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center. Dedicated to the safety of our community, we require all* faculty and staff to be vaccinated from COVID-19 and look for similar requirements from our rental clients. Vaccination allows us to provide our students, their families, and our rental clients with the safe in-person experience they want and deserve in our building.

Important steps we need from you before you and others in your party engage in activities:

  • For those that are fully vaccinated, we ask that you provide proof via vaccination card, or electronic copy, upon building entry. You may also send a copy of your vaccination card by email in advance of building entry.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you must provide proof of a negative result of a COVID-19 test within 3 days of your rental date.
  • Attendees under the age of five are not required to be vaccinated or to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

To learn more about how the Merit community is staying safe at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, read all about our  COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  

*With the exception of those with medical or religious exemptions